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Empowering the youth to promote ICL and active citizenship with their peers
Start date: May 23, 2016, End date: Nov 22, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This multilateral youth exchange invites young people for active participation with intercultural learning (ICL), social inclusion and citizenship issues as a way to facilitate change and impact our communities. It is planned to be held in Burgas, Bulgaria bringing together 56 young people and 8 group leaders for 11 days with partners from the UK, Latvia, Bulgaria and Turkey. We are planning our potential participants to be peer leaders and youth activists with some international youth work experience that are involved in community councils and are members of community forums. Young people involved in the youth exchange will improve their competences within ICL and citizenship through peer leadership. It will increase young people's awareness of the need for ICL in youth activities and community projects which is also in line with the provisions of Lisbon Treaty to “encourage the participation of young people in democratic life in Europe” as added value. The local communities involved with the project will experience a greater sense of understanding and cohesion through the projects and campaigns that the young people will produce.The objectives include recognising the role of young people and peer educators dealing with ICL, inclusion and active citizenship during national / international projects and encouraging incorporating ICL dimension into their local projects as a follow up of this exchange thus enabling wider circles of young people to experience ICL and key values associated with it (e.g. respect for diversity, tolerance, participation and democracy). The following working methods will be used during the youth exchange: theoretical inputs on various aspects of communication, information and ICL and exercises (simulations, consensus and confrontation exercises, group works etc.); presentations of best practices; role play and simulation exercises; workshops on management of a peer group, intercultural communication and on peer communication; Open Space method; Theatre of the Oppressed; presentation of the Erasmus+ Programme with a special focus on new developments and opportunities for cooperation between the partners on the project’s theme.Young people may not only be able to vote as a means to participate but they can make many other different positive contributions to their communities. Participation with intercultural learning issues will give the young people the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in Europe’s multicultural communities and to be active citizens. It will help them to become informed, thoughtful and responsible citizens who are aware of their duties, rights and responsibilities. It will encourage them to play a helpful part in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and the wider world. It will also encourage learning about the economy and democratic institutions and values and develop their ability to reflect on different issues and take part in discussions. We anticipate that we will be able to further spread our findings and knowledge to other youth organisations active with the issues of practicing peer education as a tool to promote ICL and active citizenship. All participants will work towards accreditation with a Youthpass certificate.
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